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21st August 2017

john coghlan

Blackstar Promotions are on a real rock and roll with their increasingly popular series of 'Intimate Evening With...' events.

Hosted by transatlantic media maven and one-time MTV presenter Steve Blacknell, the format works brilliantly, mixing live performance, storytelling and audience participation. The stage is set up like a front room with subdued lighting and oversized armchairs to reinforce the informal and relaxed vibe.

The guest list is also proving to be impressively eclectic, with comedy royalty Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden one week and the unique song-writing talent of John Otway the next being recent examples.

The next event which takes place on 24th August greets rhythmic royalty, John Coghlan, the original, and for many, the definitive drummer of Status Quo, the 16-string frantic boogie quartet that emerged as matchstick men riding their paper planes from down down the dust-pipe to rocking all over the world. It promises to be a fascinating evening for Quo army conscripts and rock fans alike.

Having reunited with original bandmates, Rossi, Parfitt (RIP) and Lancaster for the rapturously received 'Frantic Four' tours in 2013 and 2014, John is busier than ever touring with his own band and keeping the spirit of the original band alive. This is a unique opportunity to meet the man behind the Ludwig Super Classic Oyster Pearl kit.

Beyond that, renowned singer-guitarist Chantal McGregor has added a special date at The Islington on 15th September as part of her thirty date European tour in support of second album 'Lose Control'.

Although best known for her fiery virtuoso guitar skills, this 'Intimate Evening With..' is up-close and unplugged and will showcase Chantal's strong emotive voice and accomplished songwriting, exemplified by 'Home' from her current album:

Whether the small, but perfectly formed confines of the music room at The Islington bar will remain large enough to contain the burgeoning popularity of the events and the increasingly starry participants, remains to be seen. Indeed, next month's 'Intimate Evening With Derek W Dick' sold out in the blink of a Fish eye.

For now, these are intimate evenings to savour and always worth booking well in advance.


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